For every space fan who dreams of becoming an astronaut, space is the most exciting and intriguing place to visit. However, having this dream makes it tough to be interested in destinations here on Earth since space is so stunning and of course fascinating. Fortunately, there are a few locations that will capture the imagination of even the most avid space lover. Here are three places every space fan needs to visit in the United States at least once in order to learn more about space and get a real taste of what being an astronaut is like.
Kennedy Space Center
No space cadet can consider themselves a lover of space without visiting the famous Kennedy Space Center. Located in Cape Canaveral, near Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center has been the main launching point for NASA’s manned space expeditions. According to Avis, the Space Center Houston, gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center, offers an up-close look at NASA’s journey to the stars. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy learning about the exciting history and accomplishments of the NASA space program. As human spaceflights have declined in recent years, visitors can still come to see unmanned aircraft being lifted into space. There is also a visitors centre with space simulations and a wealth of history and memorabilia from previous NASA expeditions.
Johnson Space Center
By NASA/Robert Markowitz [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Perhaps just as famous as the Kennedy Space Center, the Johnson Space Center has been the centre of human spaceflight for over half a century. In fact, this space centre is home to the International Space Station missions, the Orion Program and to the United States astronaut’s corps. It is here where astronauts go through spaceflight training, conduct research and flight control. Once nicknamed ‘Space City’, the complex includes over 100 buildings spanning over 1,620 acres. There are several opportunities for visitors who want to learn more about space training and see retired space shuttles and technology. For more on the fascinating history of the Johnson Space Center, look here.
Zero G Simulation Centers
While it is fun to learn about the history of space exploration, see the launching sites and learn more about astronauts, these activities don’t quite capture the experience of being in space. Many space cadets are eager to get an idea for how it feels to be in space. Fortunately, there are several places located throughout the United States that offer a once-in-a-lifetime Zero G simulated experience. Zero gravity is a fancy way of saying that there is no apparent force of gravity acting on a person.
Ever since ancient times, the stars, other celestial bodies and the entire idea of space has intrigued humans. That obsession and excitement has continued to the present day. This passion is so strong that humans have set foot on the moon and continue to explore the deep reaches of space. These three locations are a must-see for any space cadet interested in space travel.
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